India travel bristles with an air of the exotic, thanks to the billion people of varying ethnic groups who create an intoxicating cultural cocktail.
India's in-your-face diversity can be found among snow-capped mountains and sun-kissed beaches, tranquil temples and dusty villages. From grand vestiges of the Raj in New Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the former maharajas in royal Rajasthan, India bustles, shuffles and delights.
The Golden Triangle is India's most popular tourist circuit and a perfect introduction to the country, while India's south abounds with beautiful landscapes, colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilica.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0613.
India has three seasons: hot, cool and wet. Heat starts to build in February, peaking in June. In May, there is high humidity prior to the monsoon. The rain starts in June in the south and spreads to include the north by July, it ends for most areas by October. Himalayan areas will be very cold in winter.
Among the many highlights is Holi, the Festival of Colours, in March. It’s great fun, with people throwing coloured powder and water at each other, although it can get rather rowdy. In autumn, the festival of lights, Diwali, is celebrated with particular enthusiasm in northern India, with fireworks being lit, together with candles and oil lamps. The colourful Camel Fair at Pushkar is in October/November.
Huge regional variations. Curries are based on individual masalas, each containing a unique blend of freshly ground spices. More meat dishes in the north, generally served with breads - naan, chapatis or pooris, mainly fish and vegetarian in the south, served with rice or dosa (pancakes). Chai - tea brewed with milk and sugar - is the most popular drink.
The Hindu greeting is to fold the hands and say namaste. Visitors should remove footwear when entering temples and other places of religious significance. Many Hindus are vegetarian and many, especially women, do not drink alcohol. Sikhs and Parsees do not smoke. Above all, the various traditions of India’s religions should be respected at all times.
(And distances from nearest city) Mumbai (BOM) 29 km, Calcutta (CCU) 13 km, Delhi (DEL), Chennai (MAA) 14 km . Amritsar - Raja Sansi (ATQ) 11 km, Goa - Dabolim (GOI) 30 km.
Domestic air network connects over 70 cities. India has the second-largest rail system in the world, always chaotic but surprisingly organised at the same time. This is the best way to experience India. Express, deluxe and sleeper buses. Cars can be easily rented, with or without a driver. Other transport includes cycle- and auto-rickshaws. Bargaining is essential.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in India. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0613.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in India. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in India, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0613.
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in India. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0613.
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